Sermon on the Authority of the Bible | Do Not Go Beyond What Is Written!


Do Not Go Beyond What Is Written

Sermon on the Authority of the Bible

INTRODUCTION: Read 1 Corinthians 4:6

1. In dealing with the Corinthian brethren’s tendency to render judgment upon one another based on the wisdom of men Paul gives a basic principle that needs to be heeded today as much as ever.

2. The need for this principle is seen in the great division in the religious world today.

3. The principle implies this:

1) God’s written word is FINAL on any matter it teaches. John 17:17

2) The wisdom of man is insufficient. Jeremiah 10:23

4. To understand why we must not go beyond what is written we must understand:

1) The nature of what is written.

2) The effects of going beyond what is written.

3) The rewards of not going beyond what is written.

DISCUSSION: Do not go beyond what is written…


1. The commandments of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:37

2. Scriptures. 2 Peter 3:16

3. Inspired of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Exodus 20


1. God left a lesson in the case of Uzzah. 2 Samuel 6:1-9; 1 Chronicles 15:11-15

2. The loss of relationship with God. 2 John 9-11

3. Goes beyond faith. Hebrews 11:6; Romans 10:17; Romans 14:23; Romans 6:23; Isaiah 59:1-2

4. Goes beyond the authority of Christ.

1) Christ has all authority. Matthew 28:18

2) Must do and say all things by His authority. Colossians 3:17; Luke 10:17; James 5:10; Acts 4:7


1. Hezekiah refused to go beyond. 2 Kings 18:1-6

2. Unity with brethren. Amos 3:3; John 17:20-21; 1 Corinthians 1:10

3. No surprises on the Day of Judgment. John 12:48; Proverbs 30:5-6

4. We will be obedient, profitable servants. Deuteronomy 4:2; Matthew 7:21-23

CONCLUSION: Do not go beyond what is written.

1. This principle obeyed would stop apostate activities in the church.

1) Fellowship with denominations.

2) Instrumental music and other musical aberrations.

3) Children’s church.

4) Women as elders and deacons.

5) Sanction of divorces for reasons other than fornication.

6) The employment of gimmickry, instead of the Gospel, to gain members.

7) Employment of organizations outside the church to its work.

2. This principle obeyed would kill denominationalism.

1) No more one-man-pastor system.

2) No more raising funds by any means.

3) No more pope in Rome or apostle in Salt Lake City.

4) No more clergy/laity.

5) No more infant baptism.

6) No more creeds, manuals, confessions or catechisms.

7) No more names other than Christ’s.

3. Brethren, let’s stay with the book, not adding to it or taking away from it.

5 Responses to “Sermon on the Authority of the Bible | Do Not Go Beyond What Is Written!”

  1. Terry Darnell says:

    Well presented…how can you leave out the bible classes among the apostate activities in the church. I find no authorization in the scripture for such.

  2. markdavid says:

    Consider also one more apostate activity in addition to the “church Bible classes”: Notably the pastor system. Introduced by the catholics, adopted by the apostate churches, and accepted by the main stream Church of Christ.

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  4. lea horsfall says:

    this is very exclusionist in my opinion. To talk about childrens church and inter-denominational fellowship as apostay is rediculous. Firstly Jesus just said he would build his church not churches. The different denominations are reflective of the gradual restoration of new testament truths after luther and calvin. Truths such as baptism for adults, presbyterian leadership rather than episcopal, evangelism tulip doctrine etc. Each new restoration of truth formed a new denomination. So in saying that fellowship between such denominations is apostay i would point out that it is probably exclucivity which is the apostay largely because the bride of christ will not recognise denominational bounds it will be all who properly accepted Christ regardless of where they stand on nuances of minor doctrinal issues! Secondly how can you possibly say that discipling our kids out of the main preach is wrong. Surely principles govern specifics and which fool said bible classes are apostay my friend you are so wrong and to my eye i struggle to see how you can hold such a view and truely know the lord. .” when two or more are gathered in my name there will i be.” To say that people meet to read the bible is apostay wow! Lets also look at what babies shall be thrown out with the bathwater, cannon of scriptue, churches held in a purpose built place, breaking of bread when not part of a meal. God gave us common sense. Incidentaly which denomination are you from?

  5. lea horsfall says:

    okay on a re read of the first post i see you meant that God didnt mean for there to be many denominations my fault i misread. I thought you meant we shouldn’t fellowship with other denominations. However anyone who says that bible study in ANY CONTEXT is ill advised MUST be wrong. When i said that principles govern specifics it seems to me that the word doesnt speak to us about how the church is to teach the young, only how parents are to do so. Could it be that paul have us the framework of how our churches were to be lead but not always run. He was building a persecuted church where staying alive was often difficult, choosing to have a different framework within which to disciple and educate our kids cant be wrong just because it isn’t im the word just as tea and coffee afterwards cant be. How many churches have you seen who operate this way have a vibrant youth and a congregation of all ages, many having come through from birth to parenthood. It works. I am 31 have been im the kingdom since 14, a first generation christian and i have seen many come through such churches!

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